North Carolina’s Outer Banks are famous for their pristine beauty, laid-back vibe, and leisurely pace. But did you know that there’s a spot in these barrier islands that’s even more unspoiled than the rest?
As the weather heats up, so does the fun at the NC Outer Banks. Summer is prime time for outdoor activities like fishing, swimming, surfing, boating, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and so much more.
Each year thousands of special visitors flock to the Outer Banks. Arriving by air, these VIP travelers cluster around sounds, bays, ponds, pools, and open ocean. Like so many other “tourists,” they love those beautiful OBX waters!
This week’s Memory Monday photo submission comes to us from Dee Anderson of Fredericksburg, Virginia who stayed with Outer Banks Blue last Memorial Day.
You can tell by the bright shining faces and sunny background that her clan was enjoying a glorious Outer Banks day when this picture was taken.
Dee tells us that they had just returned from WalMart where they purchased a selfie stick and put it to immediate and good use. Impressive use of new technology!
Thanks for sharing your photo memories Dee. We look forward to seeing you and the selfie stick crew again soon!
By the way, Memorial Day weekend is just a little more than 60 days away. With the official start of spring upon us it is time to start thinking about your Outer Banks getaway. Keep in mind Outer Banks Blue is currently taking reservations for Memorial Day weekend getaways as well as any open weeks this summer. Don’t miss your OBX vacation in 2016 and your chance to add your selfie to our archives!
All the best from the beach!
When Is Duck Hunting Season?
Duck hunting season in the Outer Banks is open from October through early March, depending on the type of duck you plan to hunt. Before you plan your trip, visit the North Carolina Wildlife website for specific information about the various duck seasons. Be sure to apply for specific permits as needed. Hunting hours begin a half-hour before sunrise and end at sunset. Seasons for specific waterfowl are as follows:
- Ducks, Mergansers and Coots: October 2–5, November 9 – November 30, and December 14 – January 25
- Sea Ducks (In special sea duck area only): October 2 – January 31
- Dark Geese (Includes Canada geese and white-fronted geese):
- Resident population hunt zone: October 2–12, November 9–30, Dec. 14 – Feb. 8
- Southern James Bay hunt zone: Oct. 2–30, Nov. 9–Dec. 31
- Northeast hunt zone: January 10–25 (By permit only)
- Open Water — Open water duck hunting depends on a large spread of decoys and a reliable duck call. Because you will be hunting from a boat, you do not necessarily need to wear waders, although it is a good idea to keep a pair with you just in case.
- Blinds — If you hire a guide, he will most likely have established blinds to choose from. Variety is helpful in reaching your bag limit early in the day, so take advantage of the various types of blinds that your guide suggests.
- Shore — Field blinds can be a good option if you prefer to do your hunting from the shore. Layout blinds that blend into the landscape and can be easily moved provide excellent cover for hunting ducks on dry land.
Light Geese (Includes snow geese, blue geese, and Ross’ geese): October 16–19, November 9 – March 8Brant: December 23 – January 25Tundra Swan: November 9 – January 31Youth Waterfowl Days (Includes ducks, geese, brant, mergansers, coots and tundra swans with appropriate permits): February 1 and February 8
What Types Of Duck Hunting Are Available?
Duck guides usually offer a variety of hunting experiences in order to provide some variety and the best chance of helping hunters reach their bag limit. Some of the options offered include:
What Are The Best Places To Hunt?
The Outer Banks offer many miles of prime shoreline with excellent duck hunting possibilities. There are several favored spots for duck blinds up and down the coast, including:Currituck National Wildlife Refuge — You will need a shallow-draft boat to access the waterfowl in this area, but the excellent hunting is well worth the trip.Cape Hatteras National Seashore — There is an excellent section of the coastline along Cape Hatteras where ducks can almost always be found. It is important to remain within legal hunting grounds, however, because the nearby Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is closed to hunters.
Northern Outer Banks
|That’s Our Kind of View!|
|Doing it like the original settlers!|
We have found one of our guests’ favorite vacation memories however is eating! Restaurants abound on the OBX, and what family vacation on the Outer Banks is complete without some tasty donuts from “Duck Donuts!”
|Sorry….there is only enough for the two of us!|
Finally, of course, most people come to the Outer Banks, and Corolla to enjoy the water. These kids are enjoying a nice dip in the best swimming pool there is – the Atlantic Ocean!
Thanks Teresa for sharing your photo memories. We look forward to serving you and your family again soon at Outer Banks Blue!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services
|Nice and warm in here!|
Thanks Eric for sharing your photo memories of staying with Outer Banks Blue. We look forward to serving you and your family again soon!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services
Let the sun shine!What else do you do on a rainy day on the OBX!?Cannonball!!!!Thanks Rhonda for sharing your photos and your memories. As cold and nasty as today’s weather is on the Outer Banks it is just what we need to give us a pick up and make us look forward to this summer!Keep in mind we look for new photos from our guests every week to be posted here on Memory Monday. We post each picture we get (sometimes it takes a few months before we can get around to your photos), and each month we randomly select a winner for that month to receive a $100 discount on this year’s rental with Outer Banks Blue!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services
|One of the Wild Horses of Corolla|
Currituck’s northern Outer Banks stretches 11 miles north of the Corolla area. There are no paved roads in this area and visitors must take a four wheel drive vehicle on the beach to reach communities such as Swan Beach, North Swan Beach, and Carova Beach. Less than 200 people live in these communities year-round, bu the area has become a very popular “day beach” for visitors to Corolla and the Outer Banks.This is the area of the Outer Banks where the “Corolla Wild Horses” roam and pictures of guests that encounter these Spanish Mustangs have been posted here on Everything Outer Banks many times.Editors of Coastal Living selected a total of 20 beaches to compete for the top spot. Congratulations to the Currituck Outer Banks for their national recognition!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services
|Look Out Below!!!|
This picture gives all of us that are trapped in cold temperatures and frozen precipitation that warmer days are indeed ahead of us and summer will be here before you know it!Thanks Melissa for sharing your memories, and keep in mind everyone that you too can submit your favorite photo memories of your beach stay to us and get your pictures posted on our Memory Monday Photo Submission contest. We post a picture here every Monday and each month we randomly draw one winner to receive $100 off your stay this year with Outer Banks Blue!All the best from the beach!By Tim Cafferty, President, Outer Banks Blue Realty Services